22-23 November 2013
Park Village Hotel and Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal
At a time of multiple crises and climate change, there is clearly an urgent need to heighten the fight for women’s rights to land and livelihoods, as part of our overall struggle for economic justice and empowerment. We cannot do so without understanding the issues involved and strategizing collective actions in relation to land, agriculture and climate. Taking steps in this direction, Jubilee South – Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development together with the members of its Working Group on Women and Gender organized the “Workshop on Women, Land, Agriculture and Climate” from 22 to 23 November 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Background This discussion paper has been prepared as an initial resource material to support JSAPMDD efforts in developing a campaign in the region on Women and Gender. It gives an overview of women’s conditions in various countries in Asia and some parts of the Pacific, largely using latest data from the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Commission (UNESCAP). In the subsections, it frames these issues and conditions from a political economic, human rights and feminist perspective, and in relation to focus of JSAPMDD’s 2012-2014 programs, namely: 1) Global Finance and Public Finance; 2) Rights to Essential Services and Natural Resources; and 3) Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice, Climate Change.
The discussion paper may be used in its entirety or by subsections, which were written as stand-alone briefing papers on debt and the international financial institutions, climate change and finance, and essential services and natural resources.
On the occasion of the 101st commemoration of International Women’s Day, JSAPMDD stands in solidarity with all women struggling against various forms of oppression, deprivation and discrimination. Annually, we commemorate this day throughout the world to sharply and resoundingly call attention to the millions of women, especially in the grassroots who, despite the many human right instruments that recognize their social, economic and cultural rights, live in conditions of grinding poverty and deprivation.
DHAKA, OCT 14: The access to and control over land is the most determining factor in women empowerment besides other factors including their economic security and physical safety. International Day of Rural Women will be observed on Saturday amid extensive programmes across 64 districts of the country. 'Claim Your Right to Land and Inheritance' is the theme of this year.
Beijing women conference in 1995 adopted the proposal for the observation of 15th October as Rural Women Day, later during 2007, UN adopted a resolution for marking the day as International Rural Women Day (IRWD) to celebrate and honour the role of rural women each year.
Stressing the need to bring a change in men's mentality towards the rights of women, speakers at a seminar yesterday said women's rights would be ensured if awareness can be created among the two sexes.
They opined that awareness would also solve problems women face regarding inheritance of land.
The seminar marking International Rural Women's Day was organised by National Committee on International Rural Women's Day Celebration in the city's Cirdap auditorium.